Design a skirt made from your favorite movie posters

If you have a bunch of movie or tv posters in your room and you want to get creative, here's a great idea. Yazmine Tatiana and Kapi Love show us how make a skirt out of paper and posters.


Supplies:
  • Roll of Clear packing tape
  • 250 inches plus of duct tape
  • Length of cord for waistband, length will depend on waist size
  • 1 Quart of Anarchy Girls Special Glue mix
  • 3 18x240 inch rolls of clear Contact paper (shelf liner)
  • 3-4 glue sticks (the standard glue sticks you use in elementary school)
  • Comic or posters, width should equal 200 inches and length should equal 52 inches ( we used four panels created by comic books 5 pages across in portrait format and 5 pages down, 25 pages of comics for each panel and we did 4 panels of comics making it 100 pages of comics total. We then used four 22 inch wide posters, layering them lengthwise two down for two of our panels and another 2 17 inch wide posters layering them to get 52 inches in length.)
  • Floor length hoop skirt, we used a 5 hoop version.
  • Tools
  • Scissors
  • Exacto Knife (Not required but makes some of the cutting easier)
  • Chip brushes
  • Hole punch

Steps to make skirt


  1. Gather paper materials and tear apart any comics into single pages.
  2. Lay out sheets of contact paper, measure down 52 inches, how many you can lay out width wise depends on your work area.
  3. Remove backing from contact paper, lay out sheets side by side, you want about a .25 inch overlap of the contact sheets.
  4. Lay down posters/comics to your preference, you want to have roughly 200 inches in width and 52 inches in length total. As you are laying your paper onto the contact sheets, you will want to use a glue stick to glue the overlapping pages and posters together so that they stay flat.
  5. Once you have all you paper laid in on the contact paper and glued down you will want to turn the sheet over and use packing tape or duct tape to seal the seams of the contact paper or it can separate. Just run a strip of tape down each seam where two pieces of the contact paper come together.
  6. Flip your new sheet of comic/poster fabric over so the images are facing up, you will then take a chip brush and start brushing the Anarchy Glue over the entire sheet, do a semi thin coat as you don't want to completely soak the paper. Allow to dry and repeat, we like to have 3 coats total. This will protect the paper and help keep it from easily tearing.
  7. After all coats are dry take you duct tape and run it along the top of the sheet in a way that you can fold it over the other side giving you a waistband.
The next few steps are easier if you have two people:
  1.  Pleat your fabric by folding along the waistband as if you are making a paper fan, carry the fold about halfway down the dress, do not carry the fold all the way to the bottom. We do this with one person at the top folding and the other at the bottom keeping it all together and organized (this step is much easier to demonstrate than to explain.)
  2. While folding the fabric start using your hole punch along the waistband for your cord.
  3. After pleats and holes are put into your fabric sheet, run your cord through the holes, tying a knot on each end so it stay in place.
  4. Have one person sit on the floor with some duct tape and the other holding the top of the fabric start taping your two ends together to form a skirt.
  5. Put skirt on over your hoop skirt, tying the ends of your cord together have your partner then take their scissors and carefully cut the end of the skirt off to size, be careful not to cut your hoop skirt, you want your length to be as close to the floor as possible but not touching it.
  6. After trimming your skirt, take your clear packing tape and run it along the entire bottom or hem of the skirt, you want to fold it around the bottom much like you did with the waistband. This will keep it from tearing too much as you walk.
There you have it, when putting your skirt on for a night on the town you may want help from friends in pulling the pleats into place. Also keep in mind you may only get a few wears out of the skirt depending on the environment you put it in. These are made of paper, not fabric so they don't have the wear time of clothing. The coating we put on them help keep them together and provides some protection but again they are paper!


To check out more designs, visit anarchygirlscosplay.com

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